One of the world's most endangered turtles dies leaving 3 behind


The over-90-year-old turtle died more than 24 hours on Saturday after local workers and other international experts attempted to artificially inseminate them, the local paper Suzhou Daily reported.

The newspaper said there were no complications from the attempted artificial insemination, but a research team of national and international experts conducted an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

The Suzhou Daily said the experts collected tissue samples from ovaries and would keep them "for future use."

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) identifies the Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtle as the world's most endangered turtle species, killed by hunting and habitat destruction.

Today, according to Suzhou Daily, there are only three left in the world.

The Suzhou Zoo is home to a male Yangtze Giant soft shell turtle. The other two live in Vietnam, but their sexes are unknown. Both live in the wild, according to a report published in December by The New Yorker.


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